Posted: Sept. 22, 2020
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement has been forcing women in ICE detention to receive hysterectomies against their will. The horrifying news comes from heroic whistleblower Nurse Dawn Wooten, who worked at ICE's Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia.
Let that sink in: Violent, state-sanctioned medical abuse against women of color still occurs in the United States. This is forced sterilization -- and it fits the broader pattern of racist abuse that has characterized the U.S. immigration system for decades. Such problems have only grown worse in recent years, emboldened by Donald Trump's hatred.
When Jesus' mother Mary sang of bringing down the powerful from their thrones, it was surely with abusive governments like this in mind. Such attacks on life, immigrants, and women of color are an affront to everything we hold dear as Christians.
A fundamentally racist system must be changed, and the corrupt authorities who have enabled it -- including Donald Trump and his allies -- must be swept from power. The first step is to support the calls of local organizers to permanently shut down Irwin.
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